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Feeling depressed over coronavirus???

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They sent almost everyone home from my workplace and said it would be 2 weeks. Then it was 2 more weeks. Then 2 more weeks. I'm sitting around the house and eating too much. Still no word on when I can go back to work. Maybe never..
 
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It definitely gets to a point of when is enough, AND is too much... well, too much? The problem is, no one on this planet has those answers. We can’t all stay locked up until next year, waiting for a vaccine though.
 

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I feel the same way. Anxiety and depression are starting to creep in and take over. They keep calling this 'the new normal,' but I don't want to accept this as 'normal.' There is nothing normal or natural about it - people not allowed to work, see lived ones, kids can't touch grandparents... It goes against human nature and instinct. I just keep praying for a solution.
 

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I feel the same way. Anxiety and depression are starting to creep in and take over. They keep calling this 'the new normal,' but I don't want to accept this as 'normal.' There is nothing normal or natural about it - people not allowed to work, see lived ones, kids can't touch grandparents... It goes against human nature and instinct. I just keep praying for a solution.
I feel the same way! My grandparents literally JUST moved here from another country, so I’m really scared for them. Where they moved from is worse though... which is why I’m worried, because my grandfather is going back!!! I do NOT think this is a good idea in our current situation but no one can change his mind! His plan is to keep going back and forth every 6 months or so. He is a preacher there and they need preachers so I understand but it is still a terrible idea!!
 

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I feel the same way! My grandparents literally JUST moved here from another country, so I’m really scared for them. Where they moved from is worse though... which is why I’m worried, because my grandfather is going back!!! I do NOT think this is a good idea in our current situation but no one can change his mind! His plan is to keep going back and forth every 6 months or so. He is a preacher there and they need preachers so I understand but it is still a terrible idea!!
That's really hard. I'm sorry! Hang in there!
 

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The coronavirus hasn't made me feel depressed, in part, because I can still go to most of my volunteer jobs.

I can't volunteer at the two libraries, but I can still go to the two farms as well as the food pantry to help out.
 

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The coronavirus hasn't made me feel depressed, in part, because I can still go to most of my volunteer jobs.

I can't volunteer at the two libraries, but I can still go to the two farms as well as the food pantry to help out.
it’s certainly good to help, and to keep busy. I do auto detail work from home, and it soaks up a lot of time since I’m quite OCD about my work... in a good way though
 
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I don't know where everyone is from, but at least here in the states, the general guidelines are that if there is a two-week decline in the number of cases, places can start reopening again. Some states are choosing not to follow those guidelines, but the point is, we aren't totally in the dark about this. Some of the places hardest hit such as New York are seeing a downward trend and are starting to talk about gradually reopening. So just watch the trends in your area, and that will give you some idea of where things are going, and hopefully, some peace of mind.

I don't think I am depressed, but I do get very anxious about it some days. But one thing I've noticed in myself, and maybe people can relate to this...is the further I let myself "zoom out" and start thinking too far ahead into the future, the worse my mental state. The more I "zoom in", and just focus on getting through the day, or the next few days, the better I feel. I think most of us feeling depressed right now are feeling situationally depressed, rather than chronically depressed, and I would imagine that works similar to anxiety. So "zoom in" and focus on the now. Do things you enjoy. Try not to let yourself "zoom out" too much, if you can. And remind yourself that the feeling will pass.

If you are chronically depressed, obviously that is somewhat different. Hopefully, in this case, you are able to get access to a mental health professional.
 

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Here in Ireland we have something odd going on. Outbreaks to workers in 5 different meat processing plants. If anybody can explain this one I would love to hear it. Other places are still opened too for other workers. But these clusters are all in the meat processing plants. They are trying to understand why it is happening. Why meat processing plants only? From what I know they are all owned by the same company. Still just weird. If it was one plant you could say a worker might have been infected. Five different plants? Spread across the country.
 

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Here in Ireland we have something odd going on. Outbreaks to workers in 5 different meat processing plants. If anybody can explain this one I would love to hear it. Other places are still opened too for other workers. But these clusters are all in the meat processing plants. They are trying to understand why it is happening. Why meat processing plants only? From what I know they are all owned by the same company. Still just weird. If it was one plant you could say a worker might have been infected. Five different plants? Spread across the country.
There have been similar cases here. It's hard to buy meat in many places because of disruptions in the supply chain. We have several plants here around my hometown that so far are functioning and have no outbreaks (mostly chicken), so we'll see. Beef is getting scarce.
 

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Have been looking it up. Seems to be all around the world. All meat processing plants.
 

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I think food-processing plants are in particular danger because they work in such close quarters. My next-door neighbors work in one, and they have told me that they are still 2 feet away across a table from coworkers on the line. They weren't given masks and protection until about 3 weeks ago. And a lot of workers in the chicken plants around here, for example, are temporary workers, so there is high turnover and more risk. It was bound to happen eventually.
 

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It definitely gets to a point of when is enough, AND is too much... well, too much? The problem is, no one on this planet has those answers. We can’t all stay locked up until next year, waiting for a vaccine though.
It could be two years actually. There may never be a vaccine. And the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed is 5 years for Ebola. In a recent Nature article using shield immunity was suggested. many people have gotten COVID and gotten better. They probably have immunity so they could go to work in vital jobs.
 

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I think watching the news on TV too much can cause so many people to feel depressed and/or nervous during these times.
 

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I think watching the news on TV too much can cause so many people to feel depressed and/or nervous during these times.
I still can't go back to work and that's pretty depressing. I also don't have my normal activities to do after work. Just finished a free week of free HBO and Showtime.
 

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Case of finding something new to do. Read a book. Do some gardening. We all have to adjust to doing some things we wouldn't normally do. Might find something new you actually like doing.
 

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Here in Ireland we have something odd going on. Outbreaks to workers in 5 different meat processing plants. If anybody can explain this one I would love to hear it. Other places are still opened too for other workers. But these clusters are all in the meat processing plants. They are trying to understand why it is happening. Why meat processing plants only? From what I know they are all owned by the same company. Still just weird. If it was one plant you could say a worker might have been infected. Five different plants? Spread across the country.
The same is happening in USA and Canada too. Its really strange. Some processing plants are forcing workers to comeback to work, without roper protection too just to keep things running.
 
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